This October Run The Jewels partnered with 1xRUN and Mass Appeal to showcase Tag The Jewels at Inner State Gallery in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Saturday, October 24th Inner State Gallery showcased prints from #tagthejewels artists from around the world celebrating the one year anniversary of Run The Jewels 2 (RTJ2) and paying homage to Run The Jewels. Run The Jewels own El-P and Killer Mike were on hand for in-store exclusives and merchandise from Run The Jewels. In addition, in the spirit of Tag The Jewels, Detroit’s own Jesse Kassel and Elmer unveiled their own Run The Jewels mural to be unveiled this Saturday. Read for a look at Saturday’s Tag The Jewels event, Kassel and Elmer’s mural and Run The Jewels tour closing show in Detroit through the eyes of 1xRUN Contributing Photographer Sal Rodriguez…
Over the past year Run The Jewels have been touring relentlessly in support of their recent album Run The Jewels 2, crushing music festivals throughout the world with performances at Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and FYF. Top that off with marquee performance at Banksy’s Dismaland and a massive throwdown with TV On The Radio on Late Night With Stephen Colbert and Run The Jewels have been going non stop since releasing Run The Jewels 2 one year ago.
With killer live performances and a contagious energy in their studio, Run The Jewels become countless artists new go-to music for inspiration. Nowhere is this inspiration clearer than in Tag The Jewels. To date more than 40 artists have created Run The Jewels murals for #tagthejewels including 310, Andrew Spear & Mathew Curran, Artez, Ashley Montague, Bier en Brood & Kinos, Binho Ribeiro, Chase312, Conform, Crap, Crack, Esko & Myne, Dasic Fernandez, Dilom, Frop & Muso, Gamma Gallery, Gorellaume, Gus Cutty, HAM? , Harsh Raman, Jon5, Julien Guinet, Katun, Kid Kreol & Boogie, Lookatart, Low Bros, Luca Zamoc, Matthew Dawn, Mila K, Ortsa & Eder, Owen Dippie, Ox, Oz Montania, Putos, Sean Penncils, SeeOne, Senzo & Abid, Sepe, Seven (ABS CREW), Sofles, Statik & Cujos, Sweet Damage Crew, Tuts and Uduak Akpan Samuel. The map below shows just how far the campaign has reached with huge pieces on the streets of Los Angeles, Jakarta, Chicago, Paris, Sao Paolo, Lagos, Auckland, Warsaw and New Delhi, just to name a few.
Curated by FatCap’s Anne-Laure Lemaitre #tagthejewels spreads across 6 continents and showcases a diverse group of artists who were invited to remix the group’s iconic album cover art – two opposing hands, one forming a gun, the other holding a chain. The artists were given a very simple brief and the freedom to express their own unique interpretations of Nicholas Gazin’s original artwork. Tag The Jewels is the first global installation of its kind, so be sure to join us this Saturday October 24th as Tag The Jewels takes over Detroit’s Inner State Gallery. The Tag The Jewels exhibition featured over 20+ mural photos on display with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the local non-profit Art Road. Art Road provides special arts activity classes, including supplies and an instructor, at no cost to Detroit elementary schools that lack art programs find out more at http://
After Tag The Jewels wrapped up El-P and Killer Mike headed to their tour finale in Detroit, throwing down at the Royal Oak Music Theater with a sold out show!
Photos by 1xRUN Contributing Photographer Sal Rodriguez – follow him @eljefe313